Louis Banks

Louis Banks was born Feb 11, 1941 in Darjeeling, into a Nepalese musical family. His father, Pushkar Bahadur, used to play the trumpet. His grandfather, Bakhtiar Bahadur, composed the Nepalese national anthem which remained the official anthem till 2006. His father moved to Calcutta in the 1940′s to join a European band and changed his

Jazz ⋅ April 18, 2014

The Sideways Mixtape #2

Our monthly Mixtape feature is back! This time we’re featuring Nikhil Narendra and his magical boxes of sound. Nikhil Narendra produces laid back, uncanny and moody electronic music at his home studio in Bangalore. He used to be master of electronics and knobs with the Bangalore alt-rock band, The Bicycle Days ( 2009-2011) and performed

Electronic ⋅ March 25, 2014

Braz Gonsalves

Picture this. It’s the mid 1960’s and jazz is being played everywhere in Bombay. Anyone who knows a bit about South Bombay can follow me. Get off at Church Gate Station, hang a right and walk a few hundred meters to Ambassador Hotel where pianist Bonni Rosario had his band. I think it was mainly

Jazz ⋅ March 16, 2014

Hiatus Kaiyote

Introducing a band like Hiatus Kaiyote is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. This future soul group has an uncanny knack of taking your listening experience into the twilight zone between reality and dreaming. You could probably describe them as a mix between Little Dragon, Erykah Badu and a well seasoned Jazz

Electronic ⋅ March 9, 2014

w h o k i l l

w h o k i l l (2011), Garbus’ second album as tUnE-yArDs, stays consistent with the promise of her first album BiRd-BrAiNs in 2009. Unlike that album, which she recorded almost entirely on her own using a digital voice recorder, w h o k i l l was mostly made in traditional studios in

Album review ⋅ March 7, 2014

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Swiss band The Animen is a band that has found a path to a retro sound. Their debut

Album review ⋅ March 5, 2014

U.S. Royalty

The American rock group U.S. Royalty had one of the best albums of 2011 with Mirrors. It was  a perfect blend of Indie rock and melodic blues-rock, with vocal features that reminded us of The Verve or the earlier work of U2. Because the album blended different kind of American rock influences, it felt  cinematic,

Album review ⋅ March 1, 2014

BiRd-BrAiNs

What if your own skin makes your skin crawl? Well, maybe you try and turn those feelings into

Album review ⋅ February 27, 2014

Desert Siren- Meeting Bhanwari Devi

5000 thousand people are milling about in the small village of Luniyakhedi in Central Madhya Pradesh. The annual Kabir Festival is on and a variety of singers have taken the stage from about 7:30 in the evening. It’s midnight now and the energy is dulling a little. A voluptuous woman in a leheriya ghaghra and

Folk ⋅ February 25, 2014

The Sideways Mixtape #1

“There’s nothing quite like vinyl” Every month Sideways asks a musician to put together a mixtape. To kick things off we have the incredibly talented DJ and close friend, Prashanth Pallemoni give you a taste of his unending collection of Afro Beat. Prashanth Pallemoni did his time as a software engineer more than twelve years

The sideways mixtape ⋅ February 22, 2014